SC town's fire chief arrested on DUI charge

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The fire chief of Howe Springs is on administrative duty until the board can meet with the county attorney.

41-year-old Shannon Smith of Florence was arrested Sunday for driving under the influence around 5:22 in the morning.  Booking reports show this is Smith's first offense, but some residents of Florence County feel this should not be taken lightly.

"If you're a first responder, it's your obligation to always be in a sober place," said Michael Carraway of Effingham. "You're going to have to give up certain things and that's excessive alcohol."

The Howe Springs Fire District Board gathered for several hours Monday evening at the fire station to discuss how to handle this matter.

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